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A Study in Urban Living Space Efficiency

Green is small. Smaller is greener. Yep! Small housing in high density communities is the direction for urban design. With massive populations (and increasing), limited resources, and increasing costs for materials and energy -- small makes sense. And it can be creative, user-friendly, and affordable.

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You're not going to believe this high-performance solution. Leave it to human designers, when "necessity becomes the mother of invention"!

This Hong Kong architect turns a 344 sq ft. apartment into 24 rooms using room dividers, movable walls and an amazing palette of creative and utilitarian skills.

We can learn from this example of multiple-use living and working spaces. Need a home office? Now you see it. Now you don't. Need a guest room? A kitchen? A hobby center?

Efficient use of space isn't in the American's DNA... "vastness" is more our heritage. But as the population becomes more urban, and density increases along with costs... highly efficient use of indoor space will become an advantage.

We can learn from this example.



Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
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